I recently bought a Hibiscus bush; a friend gave me some vouchers at Christmas so I was able to splurge and buy a larger plant than normal. Excellent. Obviously, it just looks like a bunch of dry sticks at the moment but I am hopeful that it will like the soil here and flourish accordingly. We successfully planted loads of these when we were in Australia – to surround and hide the septic tank in the middle of the garden! The Hibiscus plants were much cheaper there, relatively speaking. My plan over the next week is to studiously (as opposed to my usual random approach) plan flower-bed No.3. This is the one I actually spent about £70 on a ‘pack’ of plants about two years ago, but it’s just not working or coming together. That’s more than likely because I spread the plants out too much. I have learned that it’s best to cram everything in… it’s nature, it’ll sort itself out juxtapositioning for light and space. Well, that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!
There is the main coordinator job at the independent school (20 hours per week, working for the SEN department) and now three Clerk to the Governor’s roles – two of which kicked-in in January, and one of which was a bit of a full-on and quick endeavour insofar as I had already covered a couple of committee meetings before even receiving an official contract! Therefore, it is probably fortunate that the Sports Hall Administration role is on hold because of the current lock-down. I don’t know that I would have coped very well with setting up three new roles at the same time. It’s only now that I feel that things are vaguely under control. With the emphasis on vaguely!
In lots of ways I don’t mind the lockdown and working remotely but what I DO miss is being able to make some holiday plans or ‘bigger’ visits (weekend jaunts, or seeing particular friends who live further away). I’m actually not that bothered about being particularly sociable on a day-to-day basis… but then again, that’s because we have a good rapport with all of our neighbours and can chew-the-fat and whinge and moan according to whatever the latest news reports are!?
However, not being able to do some normal things like making an appointment to have a haircut can be very frustrating - especially as Paul is beginning to develop a mullet.....!
As you have seen the family has had a string on birthdays over the past month or so and my eldest niece celebrated her 30th birthday this week. Keeping to the rules as much as possible a few of us managed to enjoy a bottle of prosecco and fairy-cakes over a very quick hour’s get-together.
Still, it is light by 7.15am now and the sun doesn’t disappear until about 5pm, so that’s positive. Focus on this if you’re feeling despondent - we’re half-way through February and spring is on the horizon!